Ethics are about the ought, not the is. Ethics are not about the way things are, but about the way they should be. – Michael Josephson. – Ethics are not about framed credos or lofty codes, but conduct; not rhetoric but actions, not good intentions but honorable deeds. Ethics is not about doing what one has a right to do, but what is right to do.There are six core universal ethical values – trustworthiness (integrity, honesty, promise-keeping and fidelity), respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship (social responsibility) – the six pillars of character.